All EU bodies urged to follow same data protection rules

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Data protection rules for EU institutions, bodies and agencies must cover all EU bodies to ensure strong and coherent data protection safeguards and avoid loopholes says the European Parliament's lead MEP.

The new data protection rules for EU institutions, bodies and agencies must cover all EU bodies to ensure strong and coherent data protection safeguards and avoid loopholes says the European Parliament's lead MEP on the new data protection rules for data processed by the EU institutions, Cornelia Ernst of Germany.


The parliament's chief negotiator says she regrets that it has not yet been possible to reach a compromise with EU Council negotiators in the inter-institutional talks.  Ernst said after the latest meeting with Council negotiators on Tuesday in Strasbourg: “Our goal with this regulation is to create a single, unified framework for the protection of personal data by the EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies. In order to achieve the best level of data protection for citizens, our rules have to function well together with those of the General Data Protection Regulation, which will be applied from 25 May 2018 by all governments and businesses in the EU”.


“When from May 2018 the new EU rules come into effect, it is necessary that rules for agencies such as Europol and Eurojust will be fit to work with the rules that police all over the EU will use. Parliament insists agencies must be covered by this regulation because if not the rules will not match and it will undermine the protection of data and possibly create loopholes. Excluding them will also hamper data exchanges between member states' police authorities and Europol, or between Frontex and Europol”.


“The council is unwilling to discuss Parliament's position, and every proposal to find an agreement has been turned down citing time pressure and technical details. In law making it is usually better to favour quality over speed”.

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